The Discontinued Lexus CT200h Is Actually Updated for 2018

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
the discontinued lexus ct200h is actually updated for 2018

This is not the Lexus CT200h that was sold in the United States for seven model years.

This is the updated 2018 Lexus CT200h.

Lexus’ U.S. operations no longer wishes to bother with the CT, so 2017 is the end of the line for the hybrid hatch in America. But Lexus’ local discontinuation of the CT comes just in time for Lexus to update the CT200h for other markets.

As in the U.S., the Lexus CT200h is not long for this world in other markets, either. But at the end of its tenure, Lexus designers added mesh to the grille, integrating spindle shapes into the spindle grille, and added more chrome to the foglight surrounds. The taillights are now more in line with other Lexus products, and the rear bumper has more distinguishable tall and wide outlets in the corners.

Inside, the center screen now measures 10.3 inches. Interior fabrics come in a wider range of colors. Pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise, lane departure warning, and auto high beams. Unfortunately, Lexus did not upgrade the CT200h’s powertrain, so it’s still producing only 134 horsepower. Meanwhile, in the UK, Lexus increased the price by £910 because of the equipment upgrades.

None of these changes bring meaningful improvements to the CT range, but in corners of the world where small and efficient vehicles make up a far greater share of the luxury market, not having an entry in this sector would be far more of a problem than in the United States. Based on the UX Concept from the Paris auto show last year, it’s likely that a crossover will be the real replacement for the CT200h, Autocar reports, though likely not for another 18-24 months.

Back in the U.S., Lexus will finish off its clear-out of remaining CTs by selling fewer than 5,000 copies in 2017. This will be the compact Lexus hybrid’s third consecutive year of sharp decline. Fewer than 100,000 CTs have been sold in America since its 2011 launch. Lexus sells more than 100,000 copies of its RX every year.

[Images: Toyota Motor Corp.]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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  • Kwong Kwong on Oct 18, 2017

    My brother was probably the last person in the world who would buy a Prius/CT, but he did just that. His previous cars were a 96 BMW 328, 04 M3, & 09 X3, but he got tired of the cost of ownership and realized his commute around Boston has him driving at an average speed of 10mph. He loves to hate his CT, but it's saved him so much coin and he goes to the gas station 66% less frequently. He paid about $15K for a used F Sport.

  • Flybrian Flybrian on Oct 18, 2017

    Its actually a fantastic used car buy. Lexus warranty and levels of service, lots of standards, not a third-world poverty box like the Prius C.

  • Keith Maybe my market's different. but 4.5k whack. Plus mods like his are just donations for the next owner. I'd consider driving it as a fun but practical yet disposable work/airport car if it was priced right. Some VAG's (yep, even Audis) are capable, long lasting reliable cars despite what the haters preach. I can't lie I've done the same as this guy: I had a decently clean 4 Runner V8 with about the same miles- I put it up for sale around the same price as the lower mile examples. I heard crickets chirp until I dropped the price. Folks just don't want NYC cab miles.
  • Max So GM will be making TESLAS in the future. YEA They really shouldn’t be taking cues from Elon musk. Tesla is just about to be over.
  • Malcolm It's not that commenters attack Tesla, musk has brought it on the company. The delivery of the first semi was half loaded in 70 degree weather hauling potato chips for frito lay. No company underutilizes their loads like this. Musk shouted at the world "look at us". Freightliners e-cascads has been delivering loads for 6-8 months before Tesla delivered one semi. What commenters are asking "What's the actual usable range when in say Leadville when its blowing snow and -20F outside with a full trailer?
  • Funky D I despise Google for a whole host of reasons. So why on earth would I willing spend a large amount of $ on a car that will force Google spyware on me.The only connectivity to the world I will put up with is through my phone, which at least gives me the option of turning it off or disconnecting it from the car should I choose to.No CarPlay, no sale.
  • William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.